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March 11, 2007  Volume 13, Issue 38










 ICC World Cup 2007 in West Indies - Ranjit Fernando reports


 Sanga, Lanka's anchor

About eight years ago, a youngster, straight from Trinity College, Kandy, joined the ranks of the Nondescripts Cricket Cub, Colombo. While he had a very impressive record at school cricket, he did not make many heads turn nor cause too many ripples. Considering of course, the fine cricketing gentlemen from that great Kandy institution that had played for the NCC in the past, such as Nimal Maralande, Ravi Ratnayake and Ranjan Madugalle (part Trinitian), his entry was welcome with opened arms. Very quickly, the young Kumar Sangakkara adjusted admirably to the culture of the Nondescripts and was in a short time seen earning the respect of even his more senior peers. In the absence of cricketers Aravinda De Silva, Hashan Tillekeratne,Ravindra Pushpakumara, Ruwan Kalpage, Russel Arnold doing national duty,Kumar, though young in years was gradually taking on more and more responsibility, and his loyalty, commitment, and sense of belonging to the team he represented was what was most impressive. This was very much like what we have seen of Arjuna Ranatunga and Mahela Jayewardene to the SSC, Chaminda Vaas to the Colts and Muthiah Muralideran to the Tamil Union.

He has carried on in the tradition of a long line of cricketing gentlemen that has represented the NCC in Pat McCarthy, Vernon Prins, Dr. H.I.K. Fernando, Michael Tissera, Amal Silva, Ravi Ratnayake, Rumesh Ratnayake, Ranjan Madugalle, Aravinda De Silva, Hashan Tillekeratne, Asoka De Silva to name some, who have made the club one of the dominating forces in  Sri Lanka cricket.

It is a well known fact that the second in command needs to play a major role for any organization worth its salt, to succeed. He is expected to do the jobs that are difficult in keeping an organisation on even keel. Look at some of the successful teams, they have all had very good vice captains as motivators and strategists. Talking randomly Aravinda De Silva to Ranatunga, Miandad to Imran Khan, Gilchrist to Ponting have all contributed hugely to the success of their sides. Kumar Sangakkara thus becomes a key figure in the Sri Lanka outfit. There is not much fanfare, but in the background he does it all. Apart from his world class batting and wicket - keeping skills, he keeps the team together, confidant and advisor to the younger players, the team's spokesman, are just a few of his jobs. He is able to take these responsibilities in his stride, because he has the attributes required to handle them. The very fact that he is a close friend of the skipper makes it even easier, since there is no uneasiness of someone breathing down your neck.

It was never going to be easy for Sangakkara to break into the established Sri Lankan batting, when he first came in the scene. It is often said that "It is more difficult to get out of the Sri Lanka team than get into it" and the vacancies were not just there. In the meantime he worked very hard on his game guided by his father to whom he turned for all the fine tuning. Even today you see him at the club nets on the eve of a major assignment, having a knock with his dad standing behind. Ex-Sri Lanka cricketer and greatNomads Cricket Club, Captain D.H. De Silva who migrated to Australia was one of his early coaches at cricket and tennis in Kandy, and from time to time "Sanga" took advice from him too. His batting style was never flamboyant but had solidity. He just worked more and more on it, being himself, over which he had control, rather than trying to copy anyone else's style. His work with the gloves needed a lot more to be done but he was relentless in refining the art too. He will confess that the early days would have been frustrating as he was not quite a natural and there were some spills.

Sangakkara's first break came when he was inducted to the 'A' team, and he made a very impressive hundred at Moratuwa in the presence of National Coach Dav Whatmore, and from that point onwards Kumar Sangakkara was a favourite of the National  coach. Whatmore believed strongly in his ability, and his desire to learn made him someone that appealed to the coach, and from that point onwards he was under the scrutiny of the selectors.

Kumar's record as a batsman speaks for his capabilities. He has turned out to be a very fine player of quick bowling, which when coupled with his good use of his feet to spin, makes him complete to play those long innings. From someone struggling to believe in his wicket -keeping ability earlier on, some quality simple advice and work with Ian Healey, has enabled Sangakkara to remodel his work behind the stumps, and become one of the best in the world.

What I like about Sangakkara's cricket is that, he is able to switch on and off and relax. You never see him lamenting about shortcomings and injustices, and seeks to enjoy every moment of playing cricket both on and off the field, for whichever team he plays. When one has interests such as reading Oscar Wilde, visiting art galleries, studying law and appreciating theatre, it is not difficult to understand why he cannot turn his mind away from cricket, when the stress sets in.

This world cup will showcase Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara in all his glory, and there is no doubt that our team will look to him as its anchor.


Professionalism uplifts CCC

By Gamini Senadhira

CCC, (Colombo Cricket Club) crowning themselves with glory and honour by becoming the champions of the Sirasa Premier Division Cricket Tournament 2006-2007 came as no surprise to one and all.

With a prestigious history of 144 years coming in to existence way back in 1863, the Maitland Crescent Club also known as the Gymkhana, without question, maintained a very high standard in this gentlemen's game and had been a force to be reckoned with in the premier division, right throughout.

 Though they last won this Premier Division in 1996 under Jerome Jayarathne, they have tattooed a solid record by pocketing the title in 1979 -80, 1984 - 85, 1987 -88 and 1995 - 96 in the recent past.

CCC had produced many a reputed cricketers such as Michael Tissera, Graham Labrooy, Kumar Borelessa, K.M. Nelson, Ashley de Silva, Ravi de Silva, Roger Wijesooriya, Mark Benson (The current international umpire) Charith Senanayake, Sumithra Warnakulasuriya, Jerome Jayarathna, Kapila Wijegunawardena, Asanga Senevirathna, Jehan Mubarak, Michael Vandort and Chamara Kapugedara and their one aim is to pump in more and more talented young cricketers to the national squad.

In a chat with The Sunday Leader CCC's Secretary Ravi de Silva said that the club's success story evalled over a period of time. Ravi was invited by CCC's Chairman, Shammi Silva to take over the cricket administration and put it back on track. After Ravi took over in mid 2005, he introduced a touch of professionalism in the form of a full time manager (Joe Perera) and a full time physio (Amith). He also did a business plan for the development of cricket at the CCC and their vision was to be the top premier club in three years but achieved it within two years. Suresh Perera was appointed as the full time coach for U -23 and Graham Labrooy served as the full time coach for the Premier Division. They were lucky to get the services of Sumithra Warnakulasuriya to coach this champion outfit last year.

CCC was the first club to sign a two year contract with a squad of 20 players so that the team could grow together.

They also introduced handsome incentives for players in addition to the normal Cricket Board allowance of Rs. 3,000/- per day per player.

After being dismissed for a paltry 68 runs in the first innings CCC went on to defeat NCC outright. A victory of this caliber is ample proof of the strength and the entertainment of the Premier Division Champions CCC.


Nimbus and BCCI lock horns over telecast deal

Nimbus Communications, which bought the rights for all domestic and international cricket played in India, is on a collision course with the Board of Control for Cricket in India. On Tuesday Nimbus issued a a notice to the BCCI asking them to either resolve the issues surrounding the encryption of the signal that they have been forced to share with Doordarshan, the state-owned broadcasting corporation, or consider a reduction in the fee that Nimbus is to pay the BCCI for their four-year telecast deal.

The BCCI reacted to this by convening an emergency meeting at the residence of Sharad Pawar, its president, but it was clarified that, in the notice issued by Nimbus, they did not threaten to pull out of the deal. "BCCI and Nimbus have both agreed that encryption is necessary, as it is impacting both DTH and outside India revenues," said Pawar in a release issued after the meeting. "BCCI has formed a four-member committee to work out the date-line of the encryption road map, and to quantify the loss of revenue suffered by Nimbus."

The committee comprises two vice-presidents of the board - Shashank Manohar and Lalit Modi, the treasurer, N. Srinivasan, and I.S. Bindra, president of the Punjab Cricket Association. The committee is expected to figure out a road map for the encryption process in approximately fifteen days. Midway through the meeting, members of the BCCI were joined by Harish Thawani, the Nimbus chief.

The problem began when the information and broadcasting ministry had, in a show cause notice issued on February 13, directed Nimbus - which had bought the rights for US$612 million - to telecast all cricket played in India till March 2010 - in compliance with a government ordinance which made it mandatory for all private broacasters to share live feed of "all games of national importance" with Doordarshan.


NDB Bank Golf Masters 2007

NDB Bank the premier local bank has joined hands with Victoria Golf &  Country Resort to bring together the inaugural "NDB Bank Golf Masters 2007."  This tournament is open to all golfers with a valid handicap and will be played at  the picturesque Victoria Golf Course on  March 31st 2007.

"The affiliation of NDB Bank will be key to the success of this tournament.  Their unstinted support is greatly appreciated. The NDB Bank Golf Masters will  be a 18 hole stableford open to all golfers with a valid handicap.

The tournament  will have a unique feel as it is played in the stableford format and encourages  players of a wide handicap range to participate. There are many prizes on offer  for the tournament" commented Lalindra Ranaweera Marketing Manager of Victoria Golf & country Resort.

The tournament is expected to attract many of the top gentlemen and lady  golfers in the local golfing arena. Entries to the NDB Bank Golf Masters are  now open. For more details and entry forms please e-mail

"We are happy to be associated with Victoria once again, to organise the NDB  Golf Master 2007. We look forward to a great tournament" commented  Firdowzi Muslim Manager NDB Bank Kandy Branch at the ceremony to hand  over the sponsorship cheque at Victoria Golf & Country Resort on 8 th March  2007.


Thurstan rugby chalks up 50 years

THURSTAN College celebrates a half a century of rugby with an inter-school sevens tournament on March 24-25 at the Royal College stadium.

Thurstan intend to celebrate the occasion in a style befitting a Golden Jubilee. Chairman of the tournament committee, Chula Dharmadasa, one-time CR stalwart, has invited the island's leading schools to the two-day tournament. As well, organisers have plans to turn the stadium into a carnival ground, with bands and food and beer stalls. The celebrations climax with a dinner.

Though Thurstan rugby's official year of birth is 1957, it played its first rugby match in 1956, according to Surath Wickremasinghe, the first official captain. "Few of us started playing rugby in 1956 on the second ground of the CH&FC at Race Course. John Collins and John Banks helped with the coaching," said Wickremasinghe, now a renowned architect. "In 1956 we played a match against Royal second XV and we were led by Errol Van Twest."

In 1957 the school, as a member of the school section of the then named CRFU, played all of the other rugby-playing schools, except Trinity. But in 1964 when, Thurstan, led by Srinath Gunaskera, defeated Royal, led by Keith Paul, for the first time, Trinity felt compelled to grant a fixture to Thurstan that year, which the Kandy school, led by Mohan Sahayam, narrowly won on their home ground.

The school's first try was scored by full back Nimo Deharagoda, in 1957 against Dharmasoka. Jeff Ratnam, a member of the 1958 team, is the only Thurstanite to skipper the Sri Lanka side, in the early 70's. Some others who had successful club careers were Ranjit Jayewardene, (Havelocks) Deepal de Soyza (CR and Kandy SC), Dushanta Samarasekera (CR), Sunil Jayakody (Dimbula C and AC), E.K.R.Wijewardena (Police) and Chula Dharmadasa (CR).   -- TMKS


World Cup trophy damaged in India

The World Cup trophy has been damaged while on display in India, organisers said on Friday.

A gold ring below the coins depicting previous winners of the tournament got detached from the wooden base of the 11-kilogram (24-pound) trophy, made in England at an estimated cost of US$80,000.

The damage was discovered when the trophy, brought to India by one of the global sponsors of the International Cricket Council (ICC), was displayed in Kolkata on Thursday. The trophy was immediately removed from public gaze and is being shipped for repairs to England before being taken to the Caribbean where the World Cup opens on Sunday.

A statement from the sponsors claimed the gold ring came unstuck when the trophy was handed over by the ICC earlier this week. "The lower gold ring of the World Cup was detached from the wooden base when the trophy was received from the ICC," the statement said. "ICC policy does not allow anyone except the official trophy makers to repair/polish the trophy. "Therefore, LG (sponsors) received the trophy with the lower ring detached from the wooden base."  


Kishu's rib-roaster

PRESS conferences that unveil sport sponsorship are staid, predictable and uninspiring. If you've been to one, you've been to all, running as they do a well-worn course: sponsors say how delighted and privileged they are to be involved with the event and pledge support to elevate the sport to another level; sport bodies, in turn, thank sponsors for their generous support, la-di-da, la-di-da.

Not quite as skeletal as that, but if you wade though the effusive outpourings of the head table; you'll discover that substance is, well, pretty much bare bones. In other words, much pomp and show over confirmation of a straightforward sponsorship deal. Let's face it; sponsorship is all about giving money to sport. But try asking how much, and sponsors and sport officials will reply wordily, but without ever mentioning the word rupees, let alone a figure. Even a tax consultant would be hard-pressed to conjure this art of evasion.

All this might sound cynical, but unintended, honestly. The truth is that sponsorship-related press conferences can't be any different - it's meant to be ceremonial more than revelatory. After all, it must be remembered sponsors fork out big money and, naturally, would want to justify their investments. And that justification can come only through media exposure. If that weren't the case, then, like philanthropists of old did, they'd palm off a quiet donation under secrecy's oath, and that would be the end of that. But such altruism in these times of unbridled commercialism has become as unfashionable as waluwas.

Times when sports got by on philanthropy have long gone, gone with the likes of the de Soyzas, Saravanamuttus, Robert Senanayakes and Donovan Andrees. And the Ministry of Sport is less of a benefactor than it was when established way back in 1965 - all of which means that sport has now to fend for itself. And, thanks to the demands of professionalism, the cost of up keeping sport is hugely expensive. So, with Ministry coffers becoming as bare as mother Hubbard's cupboard, sport has only companies to turn to for sustenance.

But ah well, all of the above is pretty much common knowledge. Still, they need to be reminded to explain why press conferences concerning sport sponsorship are mundane, but necessary. To expect them to be anything more exciting is akin to expecting rudeness in a place of worship. Said simply, sport worships at the altar of business. So you're not likely to hear at these press conferences any impolite remarks about the corporate world.

All of which make the one held to mark the launch of Rugby 2007, Wednesday last at Trans Asia, a remarkable departure from the ordinary: things were said that might've ruffled more than a few corporate feathers. Of course, SLRFU president, DIG Nimal Lewke or his deputy, Asanga Seneviratne, wouldn't dare say things in breach of the norm, lest they be misunderstood by the Mr. Bigs of the corporate world and invite risks of losing mercantile sector funding.

Criticism of some blue chips came instead from a member of the corporate family, Caltex, which makes it even more surprising - and for that matter, significant. What Caltex CEO/Managing Director, Kishu Gomes, said was, some rich companies don't look beyond profit accumulation; they are, in a word, selfish. Not quite so bluntly, but the message wasn't difficult to decode.

So, what exactly did Gomes say? This is what: "Some companies make profits of billions of rupees year in year out and ought to, as a part of their social responsibility, give back something to (help) sport." As if he might be disbelieved that such rich companies do exist in Sri Lanka , he provided facts and figures. "The Chamber of Commerce has a membership of 529 companies; the American Chamber here, 266 companies and 232 are listed with Sri Lanka stock exchange," said Gomes - and queried how many of these blue chips contribute to sport. As far as rugby is concerned, the answer is: not many. Over much of the past decade, only Singer and Caltex, in the main, have underwritten SLRFU's activities.

He also took a swipe at companies that cite the 22-year north-east war for their unwillingness to make commitments to sport. Though Gomes didn't explicitly say so, it was easy to deduce that, to these hedging companies, the war is pretence to avoid their responsibilities to society.

What he did say, in essence, was that there are many trouble spots in the world, and if anything, the unique virtues of sport might well, in fact, turn out to be the catalyst for the making of a calmer world. He wondered why some rich companies don't quite see sport sponsorship as an investment in the nation's well-being.

That apart, the world pretty much has accepted wars, violence, and civil unrest as facts of life, and business can't pretend it is otherwise. ''Statistics show that over forty percent of the world economy is connected to security, '' said Gomes - inferring that those companies awaiting better times are delusional.

Just how the corporate world would react to Gomes' remarks will likely remain as closely guarded as companies' profits lines are. One of two receptions are possible: Gomes' is either likely to seen as an upstart who dared to preach, uninvited, to business honchos, or, his remarks has pricked the corporate conscience so deep that sport bodies might henceforth find a more conducive sponsorship market..

Sport, though, can only applaud Gomes' remarks, given that it hasn't the freedom to be critical of potential sponsors - of course it can, but that would be as good as cutting its life line. So, it was heartening to see Gomes stand on the side of sport and tell the billions-making companies that they, as a matter of duty to society, should share some of their enormous profits with the country's sport.

Sri Lanka rugby must count itself fortunate to be supported by Caltex, and just not for the company's sponsorship philosophy and the tangible assistance it gives.. It will be recalled that when Caltex stepped into sponsor rugby, the game was in a pretty ragged state. The running sponsorship of Ceylon Brewery was terminated in 1999 by a government ban on liquor advertising, just as Ceylon Tobacco's sponsorship was some years before. In 2000, with spectators drastically diminished, due as much to Kandy SC 's overwhelming dominance as unimaginative administration, rugby was a hard-sell. "We had the bargaining power," said Gomes. So, he bid Rs. 3mn., as against the Brewery's Rs. 8.5mn, for the 2000 season and got it - a bargain really for a near five-month season.

The last renewal, in 2005, was a five-season-deal, and that fetched a whopping Rs.42 million. And to further underline its commitment to rugby, Caltex also agreed to pump Rs. 4mn. to revive the President's Trophy, defunct over the last eight years.

For all the tangible benefits rugby has accrued from Caltex's involvement, the least the Union can do is to ensure tournaments are well conducted. Caltex had a lot to be pleased with the way the last league season went - a closely run thing, with the eventual winners unrevealed until the final league match between Kandy SC and the CR&FC. The same, however, can't be said of the 2006 knockout tournament. The trouble began when the Colombo-dominated tournament committee shifted the venue of the knockout final to Colombo from Kandy , the venue since 1992. Inevitably, a nasty war of words and litigation ensued, and, sadly, climaxed with the withdrawal of the league champions despite pleas by sponsors not to. The upshot: a devalued knockout. The new administrators have reassigned Kandy the venue of the knockout final, and one hopes the premier Colombo clubs will not resort to a tit-for-tat this season, fuelled by the bad blood created by competing parties at the last elections.

Should club politics disrupt season 2007, the Caltex CEO/Managing Director might well be speaking from the other side of the fence. And that will hurt rugby bad.


Cricket - inter-school

• 128th Battle of the Blues

Innings victory for S. Thomas’

By Point

S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia completed a rousing innings victory over their traditional rivals Royal College in the 128th Battle of the Blues annual inter school cricket encounter concluded at the SSC grounds, Maitland Place yesterday.

The Thomians needed just ninety minutes on the final day to complete their task as Royal were bundled out for 163 runs in their second innings. The Thomian victory was always there from the start and it was just a matter of time where they wrapped up the innings after Royal had resumed their innings on 124 for 6.

The only stubborn resistance came from Charith Fernando who remained unbeaten 31 at the end. The Thomians put up another splendid performance on the field as they got rid of the rest of the Royal batting quite cheaply. They just did not allow the opposition to settle down and picked up wickets at regular intervals.

Nisham Mazahir had a superb game while capturing three wickets in the second innings following his brilliant century on the opening day. He was named best batsman while the Thomian skipper Ashan Peiris was picked as the man of the match for his one hundred in the first innings. In addition left arm spinner and fresher Milan Fernando won the best bowlers award.


S. Thomas’ College - 1st Innings 374 for 7 wickets declared (Ashan Peiris 161, Nisham Mazahir 162)

Royal College - 1st Innings 167 all out (Milan Fernando 5/23)

Royal College - 2nd Innings (overnight 124 for 6)

K. De Silva ct Weerawardena b Walpita 14, D. Warnakulasooriya ct Weerawardena b J. Thahir 54, H. Mawjood lbw b N. Mazahir 04, K. Perera ct J. Thahir b N. Mazahir 04, F. Ahamed run out Nugawela 07, B. Rajapakse c R. Nirushan b N. Mazahir 24, C. Fernando not out 31, M. Tantrigoda ct Nugawela b M. Fernando 04, Y. Abeykoon run out Pussegolla 02, L. de Silva ct Weerawardena b M. Fernando 03, K. Botheju run out 00, Extras (8b, 3lb, 1nb, 4w) 16, Total all out in 74 overs for 163

Fall of wickets 1-30, 2-48, 3-54, 4-70, 5-112, 6-122, 7-135, 8-144, 9-150

Bowling - R. de Silva 10-2-18-0, D. Walpita 6-0-13-1 (1n), M. Fernando 21-5-39-2, N. Mazahir 15-3-32-3 (1w), S. Pussegolla 12-0-27-0 (1w), J. Thahir 10-1-23-1 (2w)

• 91st Trinity - Antonian Battle

Trinity salvage honourable draw

By Ranil Prematilake in Kandy

Trinity College salvaged an honourable draw against traditional rivals, St. Anthony’s college Katugastota, in their 91st big match concluded at the Asgiriya International Stadium yesterday amidst an appreciable spectator gathering.

The young Trinity side came into this big un with a daunting task of holding the strong Anthonians, who were confident of an outright victory. It was not to be, as the Trinity opening pair of Wasika Munasinghe and Dilan Gangoda put such a possibility out of equation on the very first morning with an enterprising century stand.

The experienced Anthonians managed to pip the Lions on first innings, mainly through a stubborn knock by Shameer Munas, However drama reigned soon after. The Anthonian 9th wicket pair were in the process of completing the 238th run in their essay when Anthonian schoolboys invaded the field. The Trinitians claimed a run out in the midst of the invasion.

The umpires having called the delivery a ‘dead ball’ as claimed by the Trinity camp, decided to award the run subsequently. This was not before play came to an abrupt halt and the Anthonians enforcing a declaration. A comedy of errors indeed.

Roshan Jaleel won the award for the best fielder whilst Wasika Munasinghe was adjudged the best batsman. Skipper Sachith Pathirana won the best bowlers award for his 5 wicket haul. The most important Man of the Match award went to Anthonian Shameer Munas.

Scorers: Trinity 237 all out (Wasika Munasinghe 66, Dilan Gangoda 44, Roshan Jalel 30, Arina Bulanawewa 27, Sanka Auwardt 15 n.o., Kasun Ekanayake 4 for 45, Selwyn Jamion 2 for 43) and 100 for 5 wickets at cose.

(Orlan Gangoda 28, Sachith Pathirana 22, Roshan jaleel 17 n.o., Arina Bulanawewa 16, adol Reyal 1 for 15, Selwyn Jamon 1 for 26, Kasun Ekanayake 1 for 20 and Harshana Medagoda 1 for 19).

St. Antohnys 40/2 o/n, 238 for 8 Declared (Shameer Munas 81, M. Perera 33, Harshana Medagoda 31, S. Subramanium 15, Sachith Pathirana 5 for 105, Arinda bulanawewa 1 for 6, Romesh Perera 1 for 31 and Wasika Munasinghe 1 for 18)

• Battle of the Golds

Draw at Moratuwa

St. Sebastian’s College took a close first innings lead of five runs over their traditional rivals Prince of Wales College as their 57th annual inter school Battle of the Golds cricket encounter ended in a draw at the Moratuwa Stadium yesterday.

Scores: Prince of Wales: 192 and 177 for 9 decl (I. Hewage 87, G. Mendis 27, C. Fernando 4 for 54, R. Fernando 3 for 36)

St. Sebastian’s: 198 (R. Fernando 50, C. Fernando 3 for 38) and 77 for 2 (T. Fernando 31, R. Mendis 21 n.o)

• 33rd Limited Overs Battle of the Saints

Roshane Silva a superb 101

Roshane Silva hammered a superb 101 from 115 deliveries with three sixes and ten fours to help St. Joseph’s College beat their traditional rivals St. Peter’s College by three wickets in their 33rd annual inter school limited overs cricket encounter played for the Peter ‘A. Pillai Trophy at the R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday.

Scores: St. Peter’s: 201 in 47.4 overs (Lakshan Rodrigo 47, Angelo Perera 45, Chatura Peiris 45, Angelo Mathew 2 for 23, Thisara Perera 2 for 28, Sameera Weerasinghe 2 for 37, Rajeeva Weerasinghe 2 for 39)

St. Joseph ’s: 203 for 7 in 45 overs (Roshane Silva 101, Thisara Perera 37, Dimuth Karunaratne 20, C. Perera 2 for 41, C. Fernando 2 for 43)

• Battle of Rocks

No result

St. Anne’s College forced a draw to their annual inter school Battle of the Rocks big match against their traditional rivals Maliyadeva College concluded at the Welagedera Stadium in Kurunegala yesterday.

Scores: Maliyadeva: 270 for 6 decl (V. Perera 52, T. Kumara 52, L. Lankeshwara 2 for 45) and 58 for 3 (V. Ratnayake 28)

St. Anne’s: 227 (R. Madushanka 49, Y. Kalumale 27, A. Wanninayake 34, D. Dissanayake 3 for 56)

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